The Top 5 Italian Fashion Icons

Italy is known for its many riches: food, art, architecture, landscape, passion and warmth.

Something else missing from the list? Fashion.

The Colosseum, Vatican City, gelato, pasta, artisans, villas, the works— these all play a heavy role in making Italy the country of pure wonder and life.

Italian style is the icing on the cake— the layer the world watches every year and cannot wait to devour.

YourMadeinItaly is here to indulge your knowledge of some of the top Italian fashion icons whose wardrobe will send your tastes for a spin.

1. Sophia Loren

This Italian actress, born in Rome in 1934, was one of the most popular in the world in the 1960s, taking the world of cinema by storm in both Europe and the United States. In 1965, she earned her second Academy Award nomination for the film, Marriage Italian-Style. But style is precisely what Loren brought to the table, changing the color of her hair every day, sporting bold eye makeup, and wearing dresses that accentuated her beautiful curves rather than distracted from them. Her chic but sexy look had won her international prestige, even being invited to pose lingerie for the Pirelli Calendar at age 72.

2. Monica Bellucci

Born in 1964, Bellucci started her mark on the world of Italian fashion by modelling for Dolce & Gabbana as well as Dior. Her modelling led her to Milan where she was signed by Elite Model Management, which ultimately led to her fame in Hollywood where she played in many renowned films including The Passion of the Christ. Fashionistas everywhere admire her long silky hair that she pairs with a dark look consisting of either long dresses, statement earrings, or even masculine attire of ties and button-downs.

3. Miuccia Prada

This Italian fashion icon needs no introduction. The head designer of Prada was named one of the fifty best dressed over-50s by Forbes in 2013— but it’s her story that comes to life with her clothes. She took her grandfather’s family-owned luxury goods manufacturing company, launching beautiful handbags and fashion lines that swept all over Italy. She eventually launched Miu Miu in 1992 as a less expensive option for women, with clothes tailored to her own personal style: simple, modern, minimal, yet traditional. She often mixes patterns with dark colors and always adds a personal touch to each and every ensemble.

4. Donatella Versace

Versace may also need no introduction. Inheriting the company upon her brother’s tragic death, she took over the fashion company as Chief Executive Officer. She now is an artistic director, but always serves as a fashion guru with her influence on style. She takes risks with powerful designs, becoming the first woman to be named Designer of the Year at the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Awards. Later that same year, she won The Green Carpet Fashion Award for her endeavors in sustainability. This icon is a maximalist, emboldening patterns, enhancing neck lines, and adding a layer of provocative influence so each outfit expresses confidence and flaire.

5. Giovanna Battaglia

Battaglia was set for becoming a fashion icon when she modeled for Dolce & Gabbana as a teen, for that is where she found her inspiration to become a stylist and later on, a fashion editor under Franca Sozzani in Italian Vogue. She became known for her street couture when moving to New York in 2011 and wowing the streets with her creativity in pairing different colors, her attention to quirky detail, her testament to funky patterns and her versatility in coats, dresses, hats, heels or sunglasses. It was in Scott Schuman’s blog, The Sartorialist, where her styles were put together in a gallery of photographs, inspiring individuals from cities around the globe to want to look and dress like her.

What all these style icons have in common is their touch of personality and individuality. Each outfit was their very own to create.

If you want to spark this fire for yourself, let YourMadeinItaly help! Our local Italian artisans cannot wait to make a one-of-a-kind product just for you that will have you standing out among the crowd.

You can always be rest assured that the items we make for you — whether it be a leather belt, handbag, purse, clutch, wallet, vest, or anything else you have in mind— will be an emblem of all that makes you, you.

After all, you’re an original...so why shouldn’t your outfit be?

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